Capital Slam New Season ReCap #1


A new season, a new home, and a whole mess of new poets!

After being at Mercury Lounge for so long, switching to Cafe Nostalgica was bound to seem a little odd at first…. but the staff there were so welcoming that we felt at home right away!

Did it feel a little different? Sure, but change is good and it felt like time for a new beginning!

(Of course everyone really missed the presence of DJ RPM spinning tunes… right? Right? Anyone?)

(All right, so Rusty missed DJ RMP spinning tunes…)

(I still got to host, though…)

As always, we kicked off with an Open Mic. First up was a newcomer to CapSlam (a common theme tonight), Sajeepam! He was the first of FIVE new voices on our stage!

The second Open Micer was Oakley, who returned after a lengthy absence!

Great to have both of you sharing with us!

Then it was time for the slam, but as Sarah was quick to point out, we needed some sacrificial blood first! Rusty turned to the Urban Legend, Playto! 8.8 7.0 8.7 7.2 8.7 – 24.6

The bar was set, the judges were practiced, the host was rambling so it was time to dip into the magic hat!

First up was a last minute addition to the slam, Limitless! 8.9 8.9 8.9 7.8 8.8 – and the first of FOUR time penalties on the night. He went 3:17 and ended at 26.1

New voice followed by new voice as Lazy Hero hit the mic! 9.3 8.6 8.8 8.0 8.9 – 26.3

We went from new to CPC Director as Sarah Ruszala was called up! 9.6 9.4 9.2 8.6 9.2 – 27.8

Next was another new voice…. though she CLEARLY had done some slamming somewhere else. (Turns out it was Edmonton. Shout out to Breath In Poetry!) BLUE! (Not that one…) TEN TEN TEN 9.5 9.5 – 29.5!!

Next was a CapSlam debut, but someone who has been performing at CPC SummerSlam shows, Word Witch! 8.6 7.8 8.6 8.6 8.9 – 25.8

We wrapped up the first round with yet another new CapSlammer, Gabe! 8.9 9.1 8.9 9.2 9.1 – 27.1

After a short break, Lukayo Estrella gave us a great feature set, which doubled as their very first poetry video launch party… and tripled as their new website launch party! Check it out at!

Great set! Great poetry! great person!

Then we were back at it for round 2 of the slam! Blue had a commanding lead, but would it hold?

First up in the second round was Lazy Hero! 8.9 7.0 9.8 9.0 8.7 – 26.6

Sarah Ruszala joined the time penalty brigade by going 3:19 with her second poem. 9.4 9.2 9.5 9.3 9.2 – 27.4 (after a .5 deduction.)

Next was Gabe…. who absolutely blew the room away. Pure power and emotion. Amazing. TEN TEN TEN 9.9 TEN…. but thy went 3:47 to end at 28.0

Nobody cared about the score at that point.

Limitless had the unenviable task of following Gabe (by his own admission). 8.6 8.3 8.8 8.9 9.0 – 26.3

Blue also got a big time penalty. They went 3:52 for a 2.5 point deduction… but the scores were up to the challenge. TEN 9.9 TEN 9.9 TEN – 27.4

We finished up with a second poem by Word Witch. 9.1 7.6 8.9 8.9 8.9 – 26.7

The announced standings were a little messed up (fire the scorekeeper!), but here are the actual results…

(just kidding about firing the scorekeeper… never fire volunteers…) 🙂

1. Blue – 56.9
2. Sarah Ruszala – 55.2
3. Gabe – 55.1
4. Lazy Hero – 52.9
5. Word Witch – 52.5
6. Limitless – 52.4

We are back at Cafe Nostalgica in ONE SHORT WEEK as we host KING KIMBIT and RATIONAL REBEL on October 3rd!


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